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Pierce County voter turnout reaches 49 percent

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm with No Comments »
November 9, 2011 5:13 pm

Pierce County’s election turnout reached 49 percent of registered voters with more mail ballots expected Thursday.

Elections supervisor Mary Johnson-Hall said she is hopeful the turnout for Tuesday’s election will reach the 50-percent mark that she and auditor Julie Anderson predicted.

Even at 49 percent, Pierce County’s turnout – typically the worst among Washington counties – could exceed the statewide turnout for the first time in recent years. Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted a 47 percent statewide turnout.

Johnson-Hall said 203,624 ballots had been received through today out of 415,852 registered voters.

“I think it’s great,” Johnson-Hall said. “I really think that going all vote-by-mail has had a positive impact on our turnout.”

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